Yearly Archives: 2018

Philadelphia Family Photography • What to and not to Wear!

Its that time of year again!!! Family photos and what to wear is the dilemma du jour!

  • Textures and layers always look nice and add depth and detail to the photo.  Knits, scarves and sweaters for the fall and winter portraits are great on camera!
  • Solids colors are best.  Busy, loud patterns or logos will draw too much attention in your photos, so solids are always a safe bet!
  • Avoid clothes with fine, repetitive lines typically found on men’s dress shirts or suits.  These detailed lines can be difficult for the camera to register and may appear as wavy lines instead.  
  • Avoid wearing loud or fluorescent colors since it can be distracting when looking at a photos and the colors can reflect on your face.  So, unless you want to be bright orange, it’s best to stay away from fluorescents.
  • IRON your wardrobe!  I can’t stress this enough.  Every detail will show up in your portraits, so be sure to iron out any wrinkles, remove lint and loose threads.
  • Don’t over-do accessories.  
  • If you wear eye glasses all the time, feel free to bring them, but if you can do without your glasses or have contact lenses, this is a better option.  Eyeglasses can cause a reflection of light or objects.
  • Everyone should dress in a similar-style, for example:  All casual or all formal.  Even the shoe styles should be consistent.  In other words, don’t have some family members with closed-toed shoes and others with flip-flops in the same photo.
  • Shirts and dress colors should be within the same color palette or be complimentary colors, rather than everyone in identical colors. Identical colors tend to look too “matchy”.
  • Pants and skirts can be similar or identical in color, for example:  light denim, dark denim, tan khakis.
  • Women’s clothing is more colorful than men’s clothing.  I always tell Moms to start with picking a color they like best for the girls, then put the guys in a more neutral color.  Super cute when Moms and daughters throw a splash of similar color with an accessory like a matching scarf or headband.  Here are some great combinations!

Fall Family Picture Outfit Ideas

There are recognizable markers that trigger the “fall feeling” in each of us. With the weather cooling down, the leaves changing, and a trip to the pumpkin patch in the near future, fall is full of inspiration you can use for your outfit choices. If you are taking your family photos during the fall season, incorporate seasonal earth tones, rich maroons or burnt oranges. Wear layers and have fun playing in the leaves. Use the following Fall color arrangements and styling tips to guide your clothing selections.

Fall outfits are all about the layers! Plus, wearing layers makes for a quick outfit change too.

Take advantage of the colorful fall leaves and let them inspire your outfit choices.

Use fall accessories to add texture to your photos. Think big scarves and stylish boots.

Plaid shirts are a popular clothing selection for fall family photos. Think about dressing a few of your members in this season appropriate pattern.

Check out these ideas on Pinterest!

Family Photo Ideas

Color Palette Ideas

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Philadelphia Portrait Photographer • Indoor Fall Mini Sessions

It’s Fall and its still 80 degrees!! 
 
So I have brought the outside inside to the studio. An autumnal scene with leaves and pumpkins.
 
Kids Only – Up to 2 Kids ($20 each additional) 
 
Saturday October 12th and Sunday October 13th
 

15 minute sessions 

$50 
 
Special fall discounted product & print pricing to order from, images and packages starting at $99 
 
Book today to reserve your desired time slot.
Special fall discounted product & print pricing to order from 
If you want to include the whole family, please call to book our regular fall family portraits, available Sunday through Saturday. brianjamesphotostudio@gmail.com
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Philadelphia Headshot Photographer • Madalyn St John •

I first met Madalyn through Dave Barrus.  She was playing Carrie in a production of Carousel at the Media Theatre.  Finally a year later we teamed up and captured some amazing headshots.  watch out for this one!

“Madalyn St. John plays a cute and spunky Carrie Pipperidge, bringing a welcome breath of fresh air to the production.”
– Broadway World

Madalyn is currently a member of Playhouse West Philadelphia, a community of actors who continuously pursue excellence in their craft
through regular training and the creation of new film and theatre.

See more of her work and upcoming projects here: http://www.madalynstjohn.com/

 

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High School Senior Portraits • Some College applications are requiring photos!

The college application process can seem intimidating, especially if students don’t have parents or siblings who have already been through it and can offer advice.

Since there are so many steps, such as writing an essay and obtaining letters of recommendation, experts say a good way for students to get started is to create a to-do list during their junior year of high school.

Though there is often prep work that happens beforehand, students generally begin filling out college applications the summer between their junior and senior year of high school, experts say.

Some College applications are requiring photos!  Especially performing art schools and conservatories.  It is hard enough to get accepted, make your best impression with professional admission pics!  A great way to complete your package!

Senior Package

Simple Senior
$275.00
30 minutes, two changes
Approximately 16-20 Images to choose from
Will completely retouch 3 images 


Premier Senior

$375.00
1-1.5 hours, up to 4 changes
Full Digital Gallery
Will completely retouch one of each look or up to 6 images 

**Additional image sot be retouched will be $35.00 per image 

How do I make an Appointment? 

Please call or email to set up an appointment! 917-202-8968 brianjamesphotostudio@gmail.com

Check out this informative article for all you college bound kids!

https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/college-application-process

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Philadelphia High School Senior Portraits • Ambassadors Class of 2019

Brian James photo Studio is looking for Outgoing High School Seniors.

What is the Ambassador Program?
Ambassadors act as marketing reps for Brian James Photo Studios’ Senior Picture Department.
As an Ambassador, you will receive a free portrait session to be taken at either the photo studio or on location.

After your session, we’ll review your images and choose one for your Senior Ambassador modeling cards. 
Your Ambassador Cards are business card prints that include the image we’ve chosen, your name and Brian James Photo Studio contact information. Your job then will be to hand out to your friends who are Junior and Seniors. Additionally we’ll tag you with studio branded (watermarked) photos on Facebook and create a timeline image for your own Facebook.

It’s as simple as that. A free Senior photo and all you need to do is to tell your friends about how much fun and what a positive experience was. We want you to encourage them to choose Brian James Photo Studio for their Senior Portraits.

How are Ambassadors Chosen?
Senior Ambassadors are chosen based an application.

How do I start?
Please email us for an application. We are looking for someone outgoing, photogenic and active students willing to promote Brian James Photo Studio.

What do you get?
Your friends must mention your name when booking their session for you to get credit. We know you’re working hard for us and we want to reward hard work!!! As you accumulate referrals, you earn points!

Each referral is 50 Points which equals $50 in photography fees or prints…

  • A free initial studio session 30 min session
  • 50 Senior Ambassador cards with your picture and our contact info.
  • Facebook timeline and profile picture branded with our studio logo

Your duties are to:

  • Hand out your Senior Ambassador cards to current Juniors and Seniors.
  • LIKE us on Facebook and refer your friends to like our page.
  • Use your Facebook timeline and profile pictures
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Philadelphia Headshot Photographer • Emily Trask • The Iliad

I recently had the pleasure of working with Emily Trask during a headshot session at the Studio.  Her shots were effortless and we had a lot of fun.

Check out Emily in a one woman show Friday August 24th at Quintessence Theatre in Mt Airy Philadelphia.

An Iliad

Quintessence Theatre Group is proud to host a special reading of An Iliad by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare, starring Emily Trask on August 24th at 7:30pm.

Homer and the primal roots of oral tradition are invoked in a modern retelling of the oldest and deadliest tale of all time, The Iliad. Drawing on Robert Fagles’ acclaimed translation of the epic poem, Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare’s award-winning play, An Iliad, charges a lone Poet to sing the song of the deadly force of humanity doomed to repeat itself throughout the ages.

Fresh from a critically acclaimed, sold out run at The Hope Summer Repertory Theatre in Western Michigan, actress Emily Trask dons the mantle of the Poet once more for a one night only benefit reading supporting the American Friends Service Committee – an organization devoted to service, development and peace programs throughout the world (https://www.afsc.org/).

TICKETS LINK

 

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Philadelphia Head Shot Photographer • So Many Head Shots! • Rochester Broadway Theater League’s Summer Stars 2018

The head shots are in and ready to order!!!!

So excited how these all turned out.  Please visit the link and you can purchase a digital file to print as many pictures as you like and use online for your head shots.

If you ordered and paid for a package you will have a separate link that you can choose one image to have retouched.

Summer Stars 2018 Head Shot Link

 

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Philadelphia Wedding and Event Photographer • Unveiled-Ultimate Wedding Planning. Event

Chestnut Hill Business District invited brides-to-be to the ultimate wedding planning event. Brides were treated to a full day of bridal style, tips and treats from participating businesses along Germantown Ave.

Despite the rain, the event kicked off at The Chateau at Sugarloaf and the brides received a complimentary gift bag that included a mini veil and commemorative champagne flute. Lunch, hair and make-up sessions, cake tastings, and gifts were all available to the bride throughout the day at participating businesses. Brides and their entourages were able to take advantage of a free trolley service that will be traveling to each event location.

I had so much fun with all of the Brides to be and their “I do Crews.”  Please take a look at some of the fun moments we captured. 

Photo Album of Unveiled 2018

Participants in Chestnut Hill included:

Valley Green Inn, Complimentary lunch for bride with purchase of “I DO” crew lunch(s)

Night Kitchen Bakery, Wedding cake sampling with champagne and  take away treat

Statement Boutique, Pearl earrings/Raffle for Silver Fox Stole

Windfall Gallery, 16″ silver chain, single fresh water pearl necklace

Duke the Barber, Shave with cigars/whiskey, bridal hair and makeup

Bredenbeck’s Bakery, Wedding cake sampling with champagne

SL8, Mini Bridal Hair Session

CURE de Repos, Mini Make-Up Session

Bjorn and Co, white and gold ceramic “Love” dish and “Mr” and “Mrs” ring holders

El Poquito, Complimentary lunch for bride with purchase of “I DO” crew lunch(s)

Chestnut Hill Hotel,Complimentary night stay Sun-Thurs when a block of 15 rooms is consumed

Trunk Show by Arielle Bridal Inc

Made By ME, 2 piece chocolate favor box

Chestnut Hill Brewing Co, 2 comp beer tastings for bride or groom/$5 beers for “I DO” crew

Chestnut Grill, Complimentary lunch for bride with purchase of “I DO” crew lunch(s)

Cheekadee, Mini Make-Up Session

Joseph A Bank, Free tux for groom with 5 tuxedo rentals

Iron Hill Brewery, Complimentary lunch for bride with purchase of “I DO” crew lunch(s)

Gravers Lane Gallery, 15% off wedding rings/set  and 20% off bridal party gifts min. of 4
Raffle for crystal toasting flutes

Diamond Spa, Dermalogica “Sound Sleep Cocoon” gel

Threadwell, “Weddinng Sayings” coasters or “Eat Drink and Be Merry” cups

3000BC Spa, Visia skin analysis with $25 GC

Robertson’s Flowers, Rose wrapped with beautiful filler and accent ribbon

The Paperia,“The Mrs.” canvas cosmetic bag,  $50 off wedding invites

Tailored Home, Orrefors votive

Stateside Urbancraft Vodka tastings

Trunk show by Philadelphia Bridal Company

Coco Blue,“Borrowed and Blue” Essie nail polish

Breakfast Boutique, Complimentary lunch for bride with purchase of “I DO” crew lunch(s)

The Chateau at Sugarloaf, Reception with butlered hors d’oeuvres, champagne, music

SlowMo2Go, Slow Motion studio

Spa Elysium, Mini Bridal Hair Session

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Philadelphia Portrait and Event Photographer • Nest Chestnut Hill •Thanks for the memories!

In September of 2015, I was reading the Chestnut Hill Local and saw a new place space was opening in the neighborhood. I grabbed a few business cards and postcards and headed over.

I soon met the owner, Kara Hertzog at Nest, a play space that offers a variety of classes for children six weeks old to six years old. We became fast friends and a natural fit for my photography business.  I have had the pleasure of working with Kara and her team for the past few years.  It was an honor to be a part of the Nest team and so many families events at Nest. 

We will miss you and thanks for the opportunities and memories!

As a parting gift please visit the gallery and download or order your pics! 

Photo Gallery Link

Want actual prints?  Order them through  the SmugMug lab.

Stay in touch!

Brian

 

 

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The Nobility of the Common Person-Philadelphia Portrait Photographer

The Nobility of the Common Person

In 2015, I was asked by real estate firm Elfant Wissahickon to come to an organization in Germantown to take a photo of the (its) partners presenting a check (to a local business). I packed up my gear and headed out on a very hot day in May.
 
As I backed out of the driveway, I noticed the landscapers had missed a huge area of mulch and had done a sloppy job of cutting the grass. I then stopped to get a coffee and to fill up my car with gas and started on a journey that I thought would last about 45 minutes.
 
I arrived at an old community center in the Germantown section of Philadelphia and sat in my car waiting to see a familiar face. Once I saw the real estate partners, I locked my car and headed up the stairs that lead to a sign that read FACE TO FACE. We were greeted by the director, Mary Kay, who lead us down the hall  and then into the dining room where I would set up. Distracted by the task at hand, I began to set up my gear, paying little heed to my surroundings. I composed the photo which would  soon show the giving and receiving of the generous 30,000.00 check. 
 
With these preparations finished, I looked around Face to Face for the first time. I saw the dining room filled with staff, volunteers and clients. I was amazed to see that just a few miles from my home was such a vibrant community of people actively supporting and being supported by each other.
 
I arrived back home  but couldn’t get this organization and the people I met that day out of my thoughts. It made the minor inconveniences that in my life feel all the more trivial. A few days later I began to research more about Face to Face.  I learned that Face to Face isn’t just a meal service; they offer many services, from counseling to health care and legal help. Their philosophy was beautifully explained by their powerful mission statement: “Face to Face works to meet the basic human needs and reduce the suffering of those in our community.  With hospitality we provide a safe environment and practical tools, which enable people in Germantown to confront personal challenges, empower their lives, and fulfill their unique potential.”
 
Time passed and then in March 2016, through sheer coincidence, I happened to watch Mary Kay Meeks on the local news. She ended the interview by saying a phrase that has stuck with me: The Nobility of the Common Person.  It gave me an idea.   I wanted to take some photos of the people of Face to Face so that this organization could use sell them at their annual fundraiser, a donation of sorts. I reached out to Mary Kay and we went back and forth for a few weeks trying to organize it.  For a number of reasons, it seemed like it just wasn’t going to work out. Weeks lead to months and this project fell to the bottom of the to do list.
 
New years Day 2017, I ran into Bob Elfant and we chatted about Face to Face. He urged me to follow up again. This time, the circumstances needed to make this project happen were right. As it has grown to fruition, this project has become incredibly impactful and important to me. I hope you enjoy this collection of images, The Nobility of the Common Person.

If you are interested in making a donation to Face to Face please visit this link:

Wish List

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